This amusingly-named little planter,inspired by television soap operas,is the creation of Joe Paine.(Image: Joe Paine) The Solar Jar is a practical and attractivecasing for a solar-powered light.(Image: urbansprout.co.za) The Bird necklace is a statement piece,crafted from 9ct gold, silver, rose quartz,haematite and rubies.(Image: Design Indaba) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sarah FellDesign Indaba press centre+27 21 465 9966Wilma den HartighThe shortlist of South Africa’s 10 most beautiful objects, all designed by the country’s best creative talent, has been announced for the 2012 Design Indaba Most Beautiful Object in South Africa Award (MBOISA).The MBOISA initiative is an important event for South Africa as it highlights the country’s innovation and artistic ability.The Design Indaba is the biggest annual gathering for the South African creative industry.The event showcases local design talent in fashion; advertising; architecture, craft; film; graphic, interior and product design; jewellery; new media; publishing and visual media.Celebrating beautyThe competition, now in its seventh year, gets people talking about what constitutes beauty.As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and while some may consider it an aspect of taste, others look at an object’s design attributes such as its social significance, economic impact, usability, sustainability or even humour.What makes this award initiative distinctive is that it allows the public to formulate a new definition of beauty every year, by voting for what they think is the most beautiful object.The award is determined by public vote via SMS and on the Design Indaba website.The finalistsAccording to the organisers a diverse mix of designs made it into this year’s finals.The most beautiful objects in South Africa for 2012 were nominated by design journalists and cultural commentators, including Kojo Baffoe, editor of Destiny Man magazine; Jacquie Myburgh Chemaly, editor of VISI magazine; Sarah Buitendach, editor of Sunday Times Home Weekly and Garry Cotterell, editor of Business Day’s Wanted magazine.//Hapo MuseumThe //Hapo Museum, pronounced “Klapo” with a Khoisan click, takes its name from the San word for “dream”. It is the main entrance to Freedom Park in Pretoria, Gauteng.Freedom Park, a 52-hectare development that opened in 2007, is a memorial site telling the story of South Africa’s apartheid history and journey to becoming a democratic country.Principal design architect, Jeremy Rose of Mashabane Rose Associates, says the design is “uniquely African”.//Hapo, which is an interactive exhibition space, was designed to blend into the landscape rather than impose on it. The building frames were sculpted using steel structures, overlaid with copper that folds in on itself, resulting in a boulder-like effect.The project is a joint venture with MMA Architects and GAPP Architects &Urban Designers. It was designed with input from traditional healers and African academics.The structure is still new, but eventually the copper-clad walls and roof of the building will oxidise to a green patina and blend into the natural landscape. The interior spaces of the museum are designed to look like caves and are lit with natural lighting.Bird neckpieceJohannesburg based jeweller Eric Loubser was nominated by Chris Roper, editor of the Mail & Guardian online, for his bird necklace.The necklace is a statement piece, crafted from 9ct gold, silver, rose quartz, haematite and rubies.It is described as messy and thrown-together as well as feminine and light, yet still retaining a dark edge.“The design conveys the idea of a flock of birds around the neck, as if they are actually carrying the necklace and hovering around the wearer,” Loubser says.Solar JarThis year’s shortlist also reflects current design trends towards sustainable, environment-friendly innovation that is practical and useful in everyday life.Ockert van Heerden and John Bexley’s Consol Solar Jar is a good example of such design.The developers used a one-litre Consol preserve jar as a practical and attractive casing for a solar-powered light.The LED lights installed in the jar are powered by a solar panel fitted on the lid.The Consol Solar Jar received the Special Recognition Award at the 2011 Institute of Packaging South Africa Gold Pack Awards. The judges decided that this clever use of a packaging material deserved an accolade.Ridge Forrester Hanging PlantersThis amusingly-named little planter, inspired by television soap operas, is the creation of Joe Paine.This particular object is a play on the fictional character of Ridge Forrester, from the American daytime soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful.The planter, manufactured from bent tube and handmade mild steel spinnings, reflects the bold jaw line of Forrester, a fashion designer in the soapie.Paine’s creation also reflects the use of plants as a key device by directors of soap operas. “Through the bougainvillea and amaryllis we are privy to the most sordid capitalist lives,” Paine explains.Hand-stitched lithographA hand-stitched lithograph, entitled A Travel Journal, Volume 1 and 2 by Mornè Visagie, was part of a body of work for his exhibition at the 2011 University of Cape Town Michaelis Graduate Art Show.The art show took place on Robben Island, where former South African president Nelson Mandela and others were imprisoned for many years.The artist draws his inspiration from the island, where he spent the first five years of his life living in its small community of mostly prison employees.His father was posted there from 1990 to 1995 by the Department of Correctional Services.The work of art captures the island landscape and its surrounding sea through a slowly changing spectrum of colours printed on the paper.The Curious CouchThe Curious Couch is the work of Margaret Woermann from Heartworks, a craft outreach initiative and Peta Becker from Projekt, a skills training initiative based in Hout Bay, Cape Town.The Curious Couch, an old ball-and-claw sofa that was transformed into a functional work of art, is the result of a collaborative project between Woermann and Becker, known as The Curious Room.It is an experimental design laboratory that creates one-off art pieces. The Curious Couch, which is a response to standardised mass-produced design, was worked on by more than 25 people who designed, embroidered, crocheted and upholstered it.More finalistsThe other finalists in the competition include the Fish-Scale Dress by Suzaan Heyns; Frail Flower Paper Sculpture by Rebecca Jones and the Lily Pad Ring by jewellery designer Kirsten Goss.The PASTE mural was created by Linsey Levendall. She was one of 15 local artists selected to design, illustrate or photograph work around the theme of Khayelitsha culture.The work was turned into a large-scale print that was pasted in Khayelitsha township and the inner city of Cape Town.Announcing the winnersThe winner will be announced on Sunday 4 March at the Design Indaba Expo at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.All the MBOISA finalists will be on display at the Design Indaba. It is open to the public from 2 to 4 March.
Looking to expand your filmmaking resume with some additional experience? Here are some tips on using platforms like Staff Me Up.Cover image by gnepphoto.It’s a well-known fact that the film and video world is a “who you know” industry. Whether you’re a grip, a gaffer, a director of photography, or a director, it takes time to build a career — and you do it job by job. While the best advice will always be to work hard and make solid connections, you should also know about a new wave of platforms aimed at helping producers put together their crews.Staff Me Up is a great example of how filmmakers and crew members can find gigs in today’s digital world. We chatted with a producer who regularly hires through Staff Me Up about what makes a strong profile for a candidate that ultimately gets the best gigs.1. Clear PhotoImage by Dean Drobot.When a hiring producer is scanning profiles, the first thing they’ll see before they even get into your credentials is your photo, so it needs to be clear and do a good job of representing yourself. Not having a photo is simply not an option. A producer needs, first and foremost, to know that you’re a real, accountable person who isn’t just spamming a website or running some scam. You don’t have to be a knock-out, but a photo that clearly shows who you are is important.2. Credits Are KeyImage by Zorik Khutoryan.As frustrating as this sounds, you gotta have credits to get credits in this industry. A full list of past gigs and credits on your profile is the strongest way to stand out. It shows that you’ve done the jobs and have the accolades to prove it.If you’re just starting out, however, don’t let this dismay you. Credits can come from both big projects and small ones, so if you’ve worked on projects in film school or with friends on weekends, those count if you can build them up and get them recognized on places like IMDB.The bottom line is that if you’ve done something, give yourself credit for it, and add it to your profile.3. Similar ProjectsImage by gnepphoto.Once a producer looks at the credits, he or she is very likely to look for similar project experience. If you’ve worked on reality TV show productions in the past, you’d be a good asset on a similar team in the future. So, if you’ve found success working in a particular medium or genre, include this in your profile so you’ll stand out for those producers looking for help on similar projects.4. Resume as PDFImage by jamesteohart.This may seem like a minor concern, but if you don’t follow the instructions and upload a PDF resume, you may lose out on more jobs than you realize. When reviewing candidates, producers often batch-download resumes once they’ve whittled down a list. They can forward these resumes and send them to other producers and team members for review. If you have a resume that won’t open (or even won’t download), it’ll just get deleted.5. LocationImage by zhgee.Apps and platforms like Staff Me Up are great for producers who are working on projects both in-town and out-of-town. If you’re in a mainstream hub like Los Angeles or New York, that’s great — you may find gigs in your town or get flown out to gigs based on your experience. But, if you’re a professional anywhere else in the world, producers may be want to hire you in your current location (or nearby) instead of shipping a crew out to your locale.6. Pro MemberImage by SFIO CRACHO.Staff Me Up, like most “free” sites these days offers a Pro Membership option. It’s not necessary, and it will never disqualify you in the eyes of any producer, but having it won’t hurt either. It’s just another way to show that you’re a real person and that you’re invested in your career.7. Google SearchPerhaps the most interesting piece advice we learned from a hiring producer who uses Staff Me Up is that “You will be Googled.” All the information you choose to include is highly important — you get to put your best foot forward. However, be prepared (and do what you can to monitor) for all the information about you based on an online search of your name and profession. If you’re careful about what information about you is available online, this could work to your benefit because the more a producer can learn about you and your work, the more likely they are to hire you.Other ConcernsIf you’re just getting started using digital staffing platforms like this, know that you might get many notices and inquires before your first hire. Staffing procedures usually begin (and like to be locked up) several weeks (usually 6 weeks) before the gig, so keep a tidy calendar. Often, you won’t have to worry about travel considerations, so consider travel miles to and from gigs as part of your payment.And, as always, the best way to find consistent work and good gigs is to be ready, reliable, and positive. Once you get on with a good producer or production company, chances are very high that they will use you again and again — which is always the ultimate goal.For more tips, tricks, and resources on freelance film and video production, check out some of these articles.Freelance Tip: How To Make Sure You Get Paid By Your ClientsTax Deductions and Resources for Freelance FilmmakersFreelance Tips: 7 Best Practices for Invoicing ClientsFreelance Video: Managing Client ExpectationsShould You Ever Give Your Client The Unedited Project Footage?